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, the president's pick to head the cia. we'll show you his answers on the controversial drone program ask why he refused to call waterboarding torture. >>> new revelations as to what the white house didn't do to help the rebels in syria and why president obama went against the advice of his top advisers. >>> before we get to our top political stories we begin with what will be a record-setting winter storm bearing down on the northeast. could bring easily up to 2 feet to new york city, long island, all of connecticut, all of rhode island, eastern massachusetts, coastal new hampshire and maine blizzard warnings. millions of people, hours left to prepare, the blizzard of 2013 is starting today. you can see where it's located behind me, off the outer banks of north carolina, the heavy rain shield goes up through the mid-atlantic, all the way into southern jersey. the snow part of the storm has yet to begin. that will happen as we go through the morning hours and especially after noon today into new england. that's really your cut-off time if you're anywhere from federal jersey northward. whatever y
the architect of the obama administration's drone program strongly defended their use saying strikes only take place to prevent terror threats, not as punishment for them. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some of the american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressi transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> democratic senator ron widen, when has demanded more insight to the legal justification, pressed brennan on the issue. >> you believe that the president should provide an individual american with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states and that has killed thousands upon thousands of individuals, many, many of them who are americans. so i think any american who did that should know well that they, in fact, are part of an enemy again
calmer moments we heard john brennan explain his fiphilosophy which included defense of the obama administration's drone program. >> i never believed in a terrorist event to detain him. we want to detain as much as possible to get information from them to prevent further terrorist attacks. >> the agency started using enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding. yesterday he changed his tune a little bit. >> i have expressed my personal objections and views about certain of those eit's such as waterboarding nudity and others where i professed my personal objections to it but i did not try to stop it because it was something that was being done in a different part of the agency under the authority of others. >> some senators yesterday noted concern about the lack of transparency surrounding the drone program. other democrats like the chair diane fine stein supported him more thoroughly. fine stein says he will make a fine leader for the cia. >> it is time for your 5@5:00. >> some of the other stories making news for you at this hour. defense secretary leon panetta coming un
on thursday, it was clear that the first major public discussion of the obama administration's drone program would be on the combative end, offering a rare public display of democratic dismay with their president a president's policies. after protesters interrupted brennan's opening statement five times, committee chair dianne feinstein cleared the room leaving it nearly ended as brennan defended the drone program and senators shared their frustrationses. >> with the exception of mr. panetta, i feel i've been drug around by every director. >> 11 united states senators asked to see any and all legal opinions, but when i went to read the opinions this morning, it is not clear that that is what was provided. >> do you happen to know the reason why our staff are not permitted when we are permitted? >> having the executive being the prosecutor, the judge, the jury and the executioner all in one is very contrary to traditions and the laws of this country. >> for the first time dianne feinstein said publicly that the committee will consider the creation of a special court to oversee evidence agains
that that is what was provided. >> another hot topic was the obama drone program for taking out terrorists. here is the cia director nominee on that. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there is no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> brennan says it is not better to kill a terrorist than to detain one. but with so much controversy about where we detain them, guantanamo bay, we have been doing a lot more killing lately. shep? >> shepard: then there is the matter of the security leaks now under investigation by the feds. what is that? >> well, that's right. they are being investigated. issues such as why so many details about the usama bin laden raid were released. well, john brennan says don't blame him. >> it seems to me that the leak that the justice department is looking for is right here in front of us. and you disagree with that? >> i
it seemed. with president bush, you could look at him and say he doesn't know any better. president obama knows better, but despite his losty rhetoric about restoring america's reputation and upholding the rule of law there's been little effort in that reward. >> john brennan was aware of the c.i.a. program. president obama wanted him to oh be head right away. he loved this had guy from the get go. but every time brennan was asked, oh, my god, you know, the drone program we do it with great agony. it pains me to have executed all those u.s. citizens and others and by the way over 200 civilian kids in those drone strikes that were killed, but i did it anyway. what do we make of brennan? does he take this stuff seriously and as nice over it or does he seem cowboyish in the way he keeps wanting to do all these things outside the bounds of the law? >> in this town, it's hard to believe anybody. i remember president obama in 2009 signing the order and staying i'm going to close guantanamo and it's still open. actions speak louder than yours. i was shocked when he was asked if waterboarding was
a program note. last night we went all in on president obama, his administration and the secrecy regarding the seemingly ambiguous and power loaded u.s. drone program. you may have seen that at 11:00 on the way to checking out top champions. it's a show on the food network but it's december appointing because you are expecting champions and -- [laughter] at least show the documents to congress we pled to the president. show them to congress so that the two of you can abuse american power together as the founders intended. before we release that nugget into the -- what is it called -- a tv. [ laughter ] this little piece of news came out. >> president obama has directed the justice department to provide congressional intelligence committees access to classified information providing the legal rational for the drone strikes. >> jon: the guy just ruined our whole (bleep) show. just out of the clear blue boom! no warning. whole show, blew it up. [ laughter ] we tape at 6:30 and there's a four and a half hour lag time before the show airs. we did that whole thing. the reason we do that is becau
of the cia. john brennan, the architect of the obama administration's drone program, strongly defended their use, saying strikes only take place to prevent terror threats, not as punishment for them. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> democratic senator ron wyden who has demanded more insight into the administration's legal justification for drone strikes against americans pressed brennan on the issue. >> do you believe that the president should provide an individual american with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states and has killed thousands upon thousands of individuals, many, many of them who were americans. so i think any american who did
to be under his signature program, which was obama care, is going to go down in flames and people aren't going to like it. >> the obama brand is going down in flames? because of obama care? maybe the gop governor should get on board with your talking points. six republican governors are using the law to get more people insured through medicaid. so where are those frames, mr. preibus? and you think we'll take branding advice from someone who keeps clint eastwood's empty chair in his office? >> when i realized he was talking to the chair and the te teleprompter's were off, i told my wife and a couple other folks that were around me, get that chair. >> did you the we let you pretend democrats are the ones that can't sell their policies? nice try, but we gotchya. preparation h offers the most maximum strength solutions for all hemorrhoid symptoms. from the brand doctors recommend most. preparation h. don't stand for hemorrhoids. it's delicious. so now we've turned her toffee into a business. my goal was to take an idea and make it happen. i'm janet long and i formed my toffee company through legal
. and that is the charge mostly by republicans that if you feel any different about the drone program under president obama than you would have under george w. bush, you are an utter, hopeless hypocrite. let me ask you a question. how would you feel about a madeleine albright panel on women and body image. now how do you feel about the larry flint panel on women and body image. how do you feel about your kid and dr. ruth's sex ed class ver tus todd akin? do you feel different about warren buffett versus bernie madoff? of course you do because you're normal. according to the republican logic, if you feel any different about midlan albright and larry flint, you are a hypocrite. look, i voted for president obama because i trust his values and his judgment and i believe that he's a fundamentally responsible actor without gratuitously slamming ex-president bush, i think he displayed lapses in judgment in executing his primary responsibility in commander in chief and put troops in harm's way imprudently. president obama would have exercised better judgment and he has exercised better judgment. the way it stands
of the obama administration's drone warfare program, which includes targeted killings. once the hearing got under way, there was another disruption. the protester was escorted out. then there was another. same thing. seconds later there was another. and then another. finally, chairwoman senator dianne feinstein broke up the proceedings. >> we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared and that the code pink associates not be permitted to come back in. we've done this five times now and five times are enough. >> the chaos underscored the controversy of the administration's policy. many americans want to know how the united states can order the killings of american citizens without due process. earlier today the justice department provided congress with classified documents about the targeted killing program. this disclosure was sparked by a leaked memo obtained by nbc news saying the government gets to define which individuals are considered imminent threats. but senators were not allowed to talk about the documents, which are still classified. senator feinstein
. the pakistan is feel that this has encouraged attacks on civilians. >> the drone program has been stepped up a lot by the obama administration. now, we're starting to see questions in the u.s.. >> the problem is who are they targeting? the high-value targets, we know who they are. there are many more attacks that killed lower-level targets. people that might be mildly associated with terrorists. the larger issue is that it is causing a political problem. people in pakistan think whether these targets are legitimate or not, the u.s. is violating their airspace and national sovereignty. that my be a greater cost. >> those are not the arguments i was hearing listing to the hearing john brennan. but the senators were concerned about was not the political implications, they were concerned about the without the of targeted american citizens and that is pretty much that was all they were concerned about. >> that is a very narrow concern largely because this is in line with what the bush administration implemented. the republicans are hard pressed to criticize the drone program. the democrats do not
's happening to them. snopa any ta also said that he supported a plan to help and president obama decided against it. >>> also on capitol hill the drone strike was an issue and john brennan was key. brennan defended the program. he said drone strikes are used against targets that pose an imminent threat, not for retribution. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: protesters held up the start of john brennan's senate confirmation hearing. >> as the president's nominee -- >> reporter: officers removed demonstrators upset over the u.s. drone strike program brennan helped manage. the president's pick for cia director then faced senators. lawmakers recently got a look at a recent document explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also gaert target americans who join with terrorists overseas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that's so troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >>
as the drone program is concerned. >> sean: i mean, that's a good point. because here obama with no real criteria is going to be the judge, juror and executioner and going to allow for the assassination of american citizens, there's no other term, we can't assassinate foreign leaders because these are the same people that complained bitterly and eviscerated george w. bush. my conclusion, all of these democrats not only owe bush a policy, but politicized war. i'm not against drone strikes, but we've got to have a criteria. i'm not against enhanced interrogation and they're the ones inconsistent. your reaction. >> you're exactly right if the fifth amendment due process clause means anything, it ought to mean before the u.s. government can snuff out the life of an american citizen there ought to be some definable standard against which that citizen is judged and that citizen will be determined to be an imminent threat against the u.s. government. but this is a standardless determination as it's been laid out by this memorandum and leaked by the department of justice and it's very troubling,
't think it's explainable and i think that now that we're past the election, many of president obama's left wing allies who were quiet in order to get reelected are increasingly public and concerned about it and i think there are three enormous questions about the drone program and i support a selective correct application of drone strikes, i think it's one more part of the art of war and there's nothing in that sense unusual. the first very has to be what's the procedure to insure if it's an american citizen that we're very, very careful about their rights and don't have some bureaucrat somewhere deciding to kill people capriciously because the president delegated power to them. and there are a lot of strike-- anybody who has seen "zero dark thirty," those interrogations gave us a lot of intelligence information and in a war against a terrorist movement intelligence may be more important than killing and we're cutting ourselves off from that. and the third problem is the drone avoids an easy way of thinking. peep described it as whack-a-mole. it isn't. comparing one particular missile from
of this. >> jon: precedent number two the administration has fessed up to doing it and obama has done everything short of taking out a billboard about the drone programs. i think we are okay there, too. i think we're doing pretty g. and what is the last reason? >> there was no legal rational for keeping them classified. >> jon: oh. so we don't he mind you knowing about (bleep) we don't do once we don't do it nix we told you we would be transparent we just 2i-ppa @, @t) y y [cheers and applause] >> jon: boom! welcome back. [cheers and applause] big news from across the upon the, the country that we have a special relationship with just had an historic vote in special relations. >> now to gay marriage, an issue has fueled controversy in many countries. today it was british lawmakers who entered the debate. the house of commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalization. >> the ayes to the right 400, the nos to the left 175. the ayes have it. the ayes have it. >> jon: 50 points to griffindor. even when the uk is extending civil rights beyond the what we do in this country they do it b
under president george w. bush. four years ago, brennan was a rumored pick for the cia job when obama was first elected, but he was forced to withdraw from consideration amid protests over his public support for the cia's policies of so- called enhanced interrogation techniques and extraordinary rendition program. >> the start of his confirmation hearing had to be temporarily halted following repeated interruptions by protesters. members of the group code pink began standing up one by one to condemn brennan's's role in the drone war, much to the chagrin of dianne feinstein. >> i am honored to appear before you today as the president's nominee -- >> would you halt please? we will ask the police to please remove this woman. thank you very much. the >> [inaudible] >> please remove -- >> [inaudible] >> that code pink protester interrupted john brennan was retired army colonel and former diplomats ann wright, who oversaw the reopening of u.s. embassy in afghanistan in 2001, as deputy chief of mission. she was wearing a sign around her neck with the name of tariq aziz, a 16-year-old pakista
karl in washington thank you for that. >>> meanwhile obama administration's controversial drone program targeting america terrorist suspects could be regulated by court. that possibility has been raised by testimony by john brennan, he defended the strikes saying they're launched only as the last resort. >> closely to intervening in civil war, leon panetta has revealed that he and former secretary of state hillary clinton wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple the syrian president. but the white house said no. >>> an suv through a front window, quick reaction, jumping over the bar. neither he nor the driver were seriously hurt. >>> finally a guy who's literally living on the edge. take a look at this skateboarder, it's a viral video, thanks to a wild and high-speed ride downhill. but, well the skateboarder in question in trouble this morning. police are looking in fact to arrest him because speed cameras set up on that street caught him at 68 miles per hour. >> whoo! >> please don't try that at home. >> thanks, josh. >>> now, to an abc news exclusive this morning. we have the first n
to these programs. >> reporter: also under scrutiny, targeted killings by drones, a policy greatly expanded under president obama, popular at home but causing a backlash around the world. brennan rejected suggestions that he would rather kill a terrorist with a drone than capture him. >> i respectfully disagree, senator. i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. >> reporter: president obama tried to remove a big obstacle to his aide's confirmation. finally today letting the senator see the legal memos justifying the targeting of al qaeda members overseas, even if they're americans. in addition to the administration's white paper disclosed this week by nbc's michael isikoff. but the senator still didn't get everything he wanted. >> the committee just stonewalled on several other requests, particularly with respect to secret law. >> reporter: john brennan enjoys an especially close relationship with the president, really a friendship, and he has worked with the intelligence committee for years, so he is likely to win approval, frustrating many who want more answers about t
's happening to them. >> reporter: panetta also said he was helping those but president obama decided against it. >>> also on capitol hill hill john brennan was a key issue. brennan defended the program. he said drone strikes are used against targets that pose an imminent threat, not for retribution. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: protesters held up the start of john brennan's confirmation hearing. officers removed demonstrators upset over the u.s. drone strike program brennan helped manage. the president's pick for cia director then faced senators. lawmakers recently got a look at a see cent document explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also target americans who joined with terrorist yoefrs seas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that's so troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> the president has insisted that any actions we take will be legally grounded. >> reporter: brennan was up for cia director in 2009 but withdrew his name from consideration after questions a
. it's focused mainly in big bear, california. >>> president obama's pick for cia director faced members of congress yesterday. john brennan answered questions about the administration's controversial drone strike program. >> now brennan defended the use of drones but he backed off supporting another cia tactic in the war on terror, water boarding. danielle nottingham has more from capitol hill. >> reporter: protestors hem up the start of john brennan's senate confirmation hearing. >> as the president's nominee -- >> reporter: officers removed demonstrators upset over the u.s. drone strike program brennan helped manage. the president's pick for cia director then faced senators. lawmakers recently got a look at a secret document explaining why the obama administration believes drone strikes can also target americans who join with terrorists overseas. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill an american without checks and balances that is to troubling. >> reporter: brennan defended the policy. >> president has insisted that any actions we take will be legal
encourage, is through some of the programs president obama put them with recovery act and then decided to continue, the race to the top program. so when we were designing the recovery act, one of his priorities was listen, we are spending all this money, let's do things to healthy economy in the short run but let's also do things that are good for the long runs health. and we did have a bunch of money just for state and local governments to say you're in trouble, if you don't cut services, if you don't have education, here's the money. but a chunk of it was held back for the race to the top program which was precisely a competitive grant program and one of the key parts is, rather than viewing the teachers union as an adversary, and a committee give the union and the administration and the parents altogether with a proposal. and if they can come up with something they got some money but i think that may be the model for how rather than just demonizing the teachers unions to say how do you bring them in to work together. on the government spending i think one of the places with economic
way imprudently. president obama would have exercised better judgment and he has exercised better judgment. the way it stands now, the drone program is exclusively within the domain of the executive. their protocol, their judge. so, yeah, i feel a whole lot better about the program when the decider, so to speak, is president obama. it's not to say that, again, the process shouldn't be codified, that there shouldn't be oversight, but really is our standard so low that we would only grant power to the executive that we would trust in the hands of a man who led us into a nation we never should have been involved in. what would george w. bush do? that's your standard? we had never allow a power to the presidency that we wouldn't feel comfortable giving to george w. bush? i think we can raise the bar a bit from that. let's keep in mind that the president does have the unilateral power to drop nuclear bombs and destroy the entire planet. do you feel the same about george w. bush having the nuclear codes as you do about president obama. call me a hypocrite, but i sure don't. all right. t
and expanded under president obama. brennan's defense of the secrecy surrounding the administration's most questionable program, targeted assassinations using drone aircraft, was as opaque as the program itself. >> what we need to do is optimize transparency on these issues, but at the same time optimize secrecy and the protection of our national security. i don't think that it's one or the other. it's trying to optimize both of them. >> some senators, including ron widen and angus king, pushed brennan to explain the legal at and justification for assassinating american citizens abroad. >> every american has the right to know when their government believes it's allowed to kill them. >> i understand you can't have co-commanders in chief, but having the executive being the prosecutor, the judge, the jury, and the executioner all in one is very contrary to traditions and the laws of this country. >> brennan argued essentially that the ends justify the means. >> the decision that is are made are to take actions so that we prevent a future action so we protect american lives. that is an inheren
of it. i hear often from radio listeners who sense a hypocrisy in that they see the obama administration being critical of harsh interrogation methods but going along with the drone program. is there some inherent hypocrisy in that? >> well, there was an interesting statistic in the first year of the obama administration. i think -- or perhaps over the first couple of years in the administration. he authorized more drone strikes and more people were killed in drone strikes that he authorized than the total number of people that had before passed through guantanamo bay. that crystallizes that hypocrisy people talk about. >> you could also argue that we know drone strikes work. you know, the jury still seems like it's out with regard to harsh interrogation methods, but drone strikes work. >> in terms of the morality, you know, if you determine that there are threats out there, there are bad guys that you need to take off the battlefield but you can't go there, you can't go to pakistan, you can't go to certain places, then what alternative do you have if you can't capture them? in other wor
of authorities. >> jonathan karl in washington. thank you for that. >>> the obama administration's controversial drone program targeting american suspects could soon be regulated by a new court if some senators get their way. that possibility has been raised following testimony by john brennan, the president's nominee to head the cia. brennan defended the strikes, saying they're launched only as a last resort against suspects planning attacks against the united states. >>> we learned the u.s. was closer to intervening in syria's civil war than previously thought. outgoing secretary leon panetta has said that he and former secretary of state, hillary clinton, wanted to arm the rebels trying to topple dictator bashar al assad. but the white house said no, fearing the weapons could fall into the wrong hands. >>> in florida, a close call for a bartender there. a suv through a front window. quick reaction. jumping over the bar. maybe just saved his life. neither he nor the driver was seriously hurt. >>> finally, a guy that's literally living on the edge. look at this skateboarder. it's a viral video,
: terrell, thank you. the man president obama wants as the central intelligence agency had his confirmation hearing today. john brennan's testimony was bankrupt several times by protesters who object to u.s. drone strikes overseas. brennan was the architect of that program. among those killed by the strikes was an american citizen who was a member of al qaeda in yemen. bob orr followed the hearing today. >> reporter: as president obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, john brennan has overseen a five-fold increase in drone strikes against suspected terrorists. brennan today told the senate intelligence committee those strikes are critical for national security, but brennan said he'd rather capture terrorists than kill them. >> we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat.ep >> reporter: brennan defended a policy permitting americans to be targeted if they're actively plotting with al qaeda. oregon senator ron wyden objected. >> it's the idea of giving any president unfettered power to kill
. >> tuesday, president obama delivers this year's address live on c-span with our preview program at 8:00 p.m. eastern and the president at 9:00 p.m. followed by the gop response and your reaction. the state of the union tuesday night on c-span. c-span abroad year, and c-span .org. >> john kerry will be meeting with his canadian counterpart, foreign minister john baird, this afternoon. the canadian -- keystone pipeline among the topics. we will bring that live to you. we will bring you live this afternoon secretary leon panetta, the outgoing defense secretary, will be honored at a farewell ceremony in fort myer, virginia. disseminate includes deluxe by general dempsey and president obama. that is live this afternoon at 3:45 p.m. eastern. john brennan testified for over three hours on capitol hill during his confirmation hearing to the cia -- be cia director. he faced a number of questions about the enhanced interrogation techniques. the targeted killing program and the use of drones. diane feinstein gavels in the hearing after an interruption from protesters. >> i ask that this room be clea
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